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2016 Toyota Yaris Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Toyota Yaris was new.


Interior: 7.1

Test drivers appreciate the 2016 Toyota Yaris’ high-quality interior materials, which include plenty of soft-touch panels and chrome accents. The Yaris' front seats are comfortable and roomy, but critics wish there were a telescoping steering wheel. They write that the rear seats are spacious as well. The Yaris has a number of standard features for the class, and reviewers say the controls are easy to operate.

  • "The Yaris interior is perhaps the most appealing part of the car. There are plenty of soft-touch surfaces, giving this least expensive Toyota a slightly more premium feel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "This Toyota's interior is spacious, with rear seats that are comfortable even for adults. And the cabin boasts solid design and materials quality." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Most notable are the subtle new metallic and chrome accents along the dash and around several of the controls, which visually break up the expansive areas of plastic. The dash has been slightly resculpted, with a new lower storage tray, and it is now formed from soft-touch material." -- Autoblog (2015)


The 2016 Toyota Yaris seats five and comes with a tilt steering wheel. The Yaris is available with a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift lever. The front seats are comfortable and have good space for tall occupants, reviewers say, and they note that the driver’s high riding position provides a good view of the road. Still, reviewers agree that the Yaris' lack of a telescoping steering wheel may make it difficult for drivers to find an ideal position. Several auto writers note that the Yaris' back seats have plenty of legroom and a good amount of headroom.

  • The 2015 Toyota Yaris SE has horizontally pleated upholstery with accent stitching, and the seats fit great (although no armrest is provided)." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)
  • Those worried about a subcompact car affording a low view of the road will find that the high-mounted front seats help provide good sightlines, though the lack of a telescoping steering wheel can be a problem for short and tall drivers alike. In back, there's a refreshing amount of rear-seat legroom, and even those of above-average height will find acceptable headroom." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • The six-way adjustable driver's seat is supportive, and it effortlessly accommodates my six-foot, two-inch frame. There is plenty of head, leg and shoulder room when driving solo, but I would prefer the tilt-only steering wheel to telescope a few inches rearward to maximize arm comfort." -- Autoblog (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Toyota Yaris include a six-speaker stereo, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, a USB port, Bluetooth and voice recognition. Navigation, cruise control, remote keyless entry and steering wheel-mounted audio controls are available. A navigation system is available as a dealer-installed option.

Automotive journalists say the Toyota Yaris comes with a fairly generous number of tech features for the class. Its dashboard and touch-screen audio controls are straightforward, critics add, but they find the USB port located inside the glove box hard to access.

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  • "The car comes standard with all of the basic tech features you're likely to want, including a user-friendly touchscreen interface, Bluetooth with streaming audio capability and a USB input -- amenities you often have to pay extra for in this price range." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • We give the 2014 Yaris points for the cabin's clean layout and easy-to-operate controls, but that's about where the praise ends." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "Its feature content is a strength by subcompact standards." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • The system supports audio streaming, which is a good thing because the auxiliary stereo and USB input jacks are inconveniently located inside the glovebox." -- Consumer Guide (2013)


The two-door Toyota Yaris has 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space, and the four-door Yaris has 15.6 cubic feet of space, both of which are small for a hatchback. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard. Test drivers think the Yaris' cargo space is small for the class but find that its wide hatchback opening makes it easy to load.

  • There's decent cargo space behind the folding rear seats, although the Yaris lacks the Honda Fit's cargo flexibility." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "I most like its packaging, with room for five passengers and a wide, easy-to-load 15.6 cubic feet of cargo area left for luggage." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • At the same time, the Yaris' generous passenger space remains unchanged. Same goes for its meager cargo space. The latter in particular trails most competitors (especially the practicality champ Honda Fit), but at least the 60/40-split folding rear seat is now standard on all trim levels." -- Edmunds (2015)

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